By Sam Griffith
‘Tis the season for Jazz books! Several new jazz books were announced or released over the holiday including works on Frank Foster, Gigi Gryce and current jazz stars. Here are some links to interesting jazz items from the past week:
- Jazz books a plenty. The second edition of the Gigi Gryce book is available although I still don’t think that Gigi Gryce is an actual person. I know he is. But doubt lingers.
- Frank Foster is an interesting figure in jazz. Unfortunately he either arrived a few years too late or was completely overshadowed by other tenor titans and hasn’t gotten great recognition. A great soloist and big band writer.
- And finally a work on a bunch of jazz musicians (both old and new). (all via Jazz Times)
- An awesome NPR interview with Sheila Jordan. She comments on a bunch of different things, and gives a pretty amazing story about Charlie Parker. (via NPR from @tedgioia)
- John Zorn got his doctorate. (via Downbeat)
- An in depth discussion of the great composer/arranger Thad Jones. Thad is bad. (via Jazz Ed)
- Is jazz the new punk? I’m not sold, but we should reconsider what jazz is actually.
- An old article by Wynton Marsalis about what jazz is. Just in case you were wondering. (via Wall Street Journal)
If we’ve missed something, let us know!